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Michael Northup

BABE, Michael Northup

BABE, Michael NorthupBABE
Michael Northup
J&L Books
Edited by Jason Fullord


64 pages
185 x 240 mm
ISBN 9780982964262


Baltimore photographer Michael Northrup (born 1948) has been making gently humorous but decidedly jubilant colour photographs of his daily life since the early 1970s. His 2004 J&L publication Beautiful Ecstasy depicted young families (Northrup’s own and those of friends) partying and performing for the camera, often in each other’s homes, bringing a beautifully understated formal elegance to moments of tender and chaotic everyday living. This sequel to Beautiful Ecstasy presents a further selection of previously unpublished photographs from the 1970s and 80s, all permeated with Northrup’s characteristic joie de vivre. Period details in furniture and clothing vividly resurrect the textures of these bygone moments; here, we also see young couples bringing children into their chaotic worlds, freighting these scenes of small town America with a powerful atmosphere of fragility and wonder.

About the Artist
Michael E. Northrup (b. 1948) is a Maryland based photographer. He holds an MFA from Chicago Arts Institute and is the recipient of both the Polaroid Grant and Maryland Arts Council Grant.

About the Publisher
J&L Books is a non-profit Atlanta / New York based publisher of artists’ books, founded in 2000 by Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton. J&L produces two to five new books each year by or about contemporary artists.

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